What is a stress fracture?

Matthew H. Dobler, PA-C, ATC

 

Stress fractures are common injuries for runners with pain starting as they begin to run and progressively becoming more painful and localized. OrthoCarolina Physician Assistant Matt Dobler of the Sports Medicine Center knows about stress fractures all too well as a former competitive cross country runner at UNC Charlotte.

Stress fracture symptoms often feature a sharp aching pain in or near the bone. The painful area can typically be pinpointed with one finger and often improves with rest.

Want to learn more about stress fractures? You can read more from Matt about how stress fractures are typically diagnosed and how they're treated.





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